Heat on in topsy-turvy Burley Battle

Due to divisional differences in the previous season, Saturday�s game was the first time since 2010 that the teams had vied for the local trophy.

Swan Valley Sporting Club has kept the prize since the last meeting.

On what can only be described as a miserable day, the Reserves grade was up first and Ellenbrook Eels veteran Wayne �Hiley� Maiden celebrated his 100th club game.

He had the perfect start, kicking the first goal of the game, but after quarter- time it was Swan Valley who got on top in a low-scoring game, ending 6.5 (41) to 3.3 (21).

Meanwhile, the Eels Thirds played away against Canning at the Wyong mud pit.

An unfortunate injury left one of the boys in hospital requiring surgery but the rest of the team pledged to win the game for him and pulled off a marginal victory, scores 9.4 (58) to 8.6 (54).

The main game started with the Valley boys kicking with the strong wind and leading at the first break 2.3 to 0.1.

The second quarter was more of the same scrappy football, with the Eels keeping Swan Valley scoreless while putting through 3.4.

As most of the supporters huddled around the outdoor heater trying to defrost, Swan Valley controlled the play but wasted scoring opportunities, kicking 3.10 to 0.1.

The crowd found some voice at three-quarter time, knowing Ellenbrook was coming home with the breeze and the players responded with gusto, kicking 5.6 to 1.0 in a thrilling last quarter.

The final score Ellenbrook 8.12 (60) defeated Swan Valley 6.13 (49).

Chris Williams was announced best on ground and Ellenbrook captain Paul Saylor was presented with The Battle of the Burley trophy by Swan Valley Life Member Russell Ellis.

Ellenbrook�s games next week:

League and Reserves v Piara Waters at Piara Waters Sporting Pavilion

Thirds v Swan Valley at Coolamon Oval